i Cryptic Crossword 2236 Quixote

April 9, 2018

Jon is away today so I am covering the fortnightly appearance of Quixote which I found a touch harder than is normal for this setter in fact 26ac was left unanswered. My first one in wasn’t until 13ac the two CD’s at 1ac and 10ac only going in once there were enough checking letters to make the answers fairly obvious, I hadn’t seen 10ac in the singular before which didn’t help. The grid was sprinkled with a few unusual words, 3dn, 6dn, and  11ac  but these were all fairly clued and solvable once a few crossers were in. 17ac was new to me and a search on Fifteensquared only finds it in this crossword so perhaps it is more obscure than it seems. With the exception of 26ac I found this an tougher than expected but enjoyable challenge with the COD going to-

14ac    Pessimistic old rocker rolling over – somehow fate is sealed (9)

Back to November 2013 for all the answers and explanations    http://www.fifteensquared.net/2013/11/04/independent-8442-by-quixote/

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6 Responses to “i Cryptic Crossword 2236 Quixote”

  1. batarde said

    It definitely seemed tougher than the average Quixote, and as for 26ac I still have not the foggiest what it’s about on any level. Some sort of cryptic wordplay would have helped. Pfft to that one. And why Fiji, for crying out loud? Otherwise okay, but hardly the Don’s best work.

    • dtw42 said

      I guess cluing a proper noun with wordplay that involves another proper noun assumes a lot in terms of cultural background awareness. If we’re familiar with the doings of the 4077th mobile army surgical hospital AND have a passing awareness of Aussie universities that one’s easy, but if we’re missing either of those it becomes a lot harder.

  2. Anyone else find the left half easier than the right?

  3. sprouthater said

    Can’t say that I did. With the exception of 26ac I thought the top half a bit harder than the bottom.

  4. jonofwales said

    Thanks for covering today. 🙂 I eventually had a chance to look at this half an hour ago, and found it trickier than expected, but that was after a long day and mammoth drive, so…

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